Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess (15) reacts after missing a pass during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Davone Bess's nightmare

Davone Bess probably had the worst game of his football life and obviously his worst as a member of the Cleveland Brown.  Bess caught three passes for 27 yards, but he had three drops (one was not his fault) and a fumble on a punt return, which proved critical in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.  And while there will be people who demand he be cut or far worse, probably a sad few that make statements to him on social media, for people who know anything about Bess, no one feels worse about his mistakes than he does.

The fumble on the punt was bad.  It looked like he had actually been able to secure the punt and simply burped it up after a few steps.  The result was that unlike the punt that was muffed by Dexter McCluster, this one was recovered by the kicking team.  The Browns lost an opportunity to get the ball at midfield with the opportunity to drive and score.  They would get the ball back, but much further back near their own goal line.

This is the site for Bess’s other big mistake.  On the 4th and seven play deep in their own territory, Jason Campbell was unable to find a receiver, rolled out to buy time and ultimately found Bess who was doing the right thing.  Bess was coming back to his quarterback in a spot where he could get him the ball and the first down.  Campbell threw all the way back in the middle of the field and found Bess there open, but when Bess slid to catch the ball, he booted it and it hit the ground.  That was really the last play where the Browns had a reasonable opportunity to go down and tie or win the game.

Bess also had a drop on the first drive of the game where Campbell found him on a crossing route and he simply looked before he secured the ball and lost it.  The last one was not on Bess.  Campbell threw it way behind him and put him in a terrible position to catch the ball and he could not turn all the way around quickly enough to make the play.

The only thing sillier to suggest than the Browns should cut Bess is the idea that this will break him.  Bess has worked incredibly hard to get to the NFL and has earned every bit of it, from the way he grew up in an incredibly tough neighborhood to going to jail for being caught in a car with drugs in it that were not his.  He found a way to get his way on the University of Hawaii football team by working insanely hard and making it so they could not refuse and he rewarded them for it.

Bess has been good every year in his career and has been a useful player on the Browns.  The drops are incredibly frustrating and uncharacteristic for him.  Now with eight, Bess has to figure out how to correct the issue and get past it. When right, Bess provides an important role as someone who can get open on third downs and extend drives.  The Browns are likely to add another wide receiver in the NFL Draft and could be picked very early, but Bess is a hole they hope they had filled as a slot receiver.


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  • Letterman007

    I am not one to be unreasonable, however if I were to put up a performance at my job as Devon did, I would expect some kind of punishment ! He makes WAY more money than I do and this was not his first incident of the drops, so the OH, I’ll work on it and get better isn’t going to hold up. I realize he has had a rough way to get here, but a lot of us have, and my supervisor and his boss could care less what the road to where I was took!! It’s past time to put up or shut up, with that many mistakes, I would have been looking for work!! He is no better than you or I or anyone else. My boss has this saying, there’re are thirty people looking to take my job, how many do you think are waiting for a salary like his??

  • GoGo As

    I for one don’t care how.he feels. It doesn’t matter. He is a professional football player and he is not doing his job. His fumble on a punt he should have just let go cost his team a chance to win. Since wins are all that matter in the NFL, he has to be punished. If we just shrug and say try harder next time, we are telling players it’s ok to be mediocre. If the new staff wants to change the way things go here, they need to make an example. Cut him loose and send message. Keep him and you get what you accept.

  • GoGo As

    To be honest Peter you are being far to easy on him. He has had a hard life? So have tons of other people. He has been far below average here and its time for a change. Cut him and send a powerful message that business as usual is unacceptable.

  • Greg

    Can’t base a season on one game.
    Yes, Bess stunk up the field yesterday. And should have been benched after his second and third drops.
    Why The Browns coaches kept sending him back out there was anyone’s guess. They make some decisions that are ridiculous. But, you can’t trade a guy based on one game. Everyone has a bad game now and then.

    • Letterman007

      He has been unacceptable for at least three games. We hear the same thing every week, I must do better, I can’t continue doing what I’m doing, I have to step up !! But it doesn’t happen and it goes without the coaching staff doing much of anything about it, or if they are it is NOT working!! Time for a new strategy and tougher coaching stance. You perform or you are gone ! I realize a player is going to have a bad game from time to time and he’ll do better next game, but when it happens more than one or two games at most it’s time to do something different and you let them know,where it hurts, that it is NOT going to continue anymore !!